I hate how a lot of people are so negative and critical of homeschooling. Not saying that public schools are all bad. I'm just that my parents choose to homeschool me because I think it was the best thing for me.
Trace the "Steps" to the American Revolution-- Could definitely be used for the Civil War unit or other units. One idea- assign each student an event to research. Have them copy their foot on a piece of paper and then use the feet to form a timeline.